India is one of
the most touted destinations in the world for medical tourists. It is
known in particular for heart surgery and hip resurfacing, areas of
advanced medicine in which India is generally considered a global leader.
Probably no country has been in the news for medical tourism than India in
2005-06, and the government and private hospital groups both seem
committed to a goal of making the subcontinent a world leader in the
industry. Indian medical industry's main appeal is low-cost treatment.
Most estimates claim treatment costs in India start at around a tenth of
the price of comparable treatment in America or Britain. Morever Indian
Hospitals also provides more personalized care than available in west.
lady from Vero beach, FL, who was featured in CBS 60 min in April 2005,
went to India for hip surgery. In USA only hip replacements are possible,
but India allows hip resurfacing that does not need the full hip
replacement rather saves part of the hip to achieve the same result as the
Heart Institute and Research Center in Delhi and Faridabad, India performs
nearly 15,000 heart operations every year, and the post-surgery mortality
rate is only 0.8 percent, which is less than half of most major hospitals
in the United States.
Tourism in India is one of the best options available to people across the
globe. Millions come to India every year to get treated and then enjoy
their recuperative holidays across India. People from different walks of
life cut across America, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Europe,
Maldives, Germany and numerous other countries come to India to have their
treatments done with peace of mind. India provides world class medical
facilities with hospitals and specialized multi specialty health centers
providing their expertise in the areas of Cosmetic Surgery, Dental care,
Heart Surgeries, Coronary Bypass, Heart Check up, Valve replacements, Knee
Replacements, Eye surgeries, Indian traditional treatments like Ayurvedic
Therapies and much more, practically covering every aspect of medicine
combining modern treatments with traditional experience.
Estimates of the value of medical tourism to India go as high as $2 billion a year by 2012. In 2003, Indian finance minister Jaswant Singh called for India to become a “global health destination". However, the biggest stumbling block preventing the rapid growth of India as a healthcare destination is its poor infrastructure and lack of quality hotels.
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